D.C. police arrest youth in attack on Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast

June 17

District police arrested a 14-year-old boy Tuesday in connection with an attack and attempted sexual assault Monday afternoon along the Metropolitan Branch Trail in Northeast Washington.

The youth was charged as a juvenile with robbery and assault with intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse. Police did not detail what led them to the young suspect.

The attack occurred about noon Monday in the 1800 block of 4th Street NE. Police said the youth tried to sexually assault the victim, but was not successful. He fled on a dark-colored bicycle.

The youth had the woman’s cell phone when he was arrested, authorities said. In a court hearing, a judge ordered him to be held in custody. He was previously charged in another assault, and is pending trial on that charge.

Monday’s incident was the most recent assault on the bicycle trail, which has been beset by sporadic attacks in recent years. Last October, a charter-school teacher walking on the trail in Northeast was beaten and robbed by a large group of assailants. The 50-year-old man was taken to a hospital with severe injuries.

And in June 2013, a bicyclist in his 30s was severely beaten by as many as 15 youths on the trail, which runs through the District from Union Station to Silver Spring.

This story has been updated.

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